Still Suitable for Miners: Billy Bragg

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Virgin Books, 2007 - Rock musicians - 346 pages
He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all across the world. His life encapsulates so much about his generation: born in the late '50s, passions forged by punk, politics shaped by Thatcherism, hope provided by the end of the Cold War and ideology galvanised by what he sees as a post-ideological 21st century. Serious about compassion and accountability, he likes a laugh too, and is enduringly popular. Billy Bragg remains to this day a much-loved songwriter and performer whose campaigning has now spanned four decades and shows no sign of relenting. Still Suitable For Miners is his official story, updated for the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Life's A Riot with Spy Vs Spy, and including the recording of his tenth album as a solo artist, Tooth and Nail.

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I have, recently, started to listen to Billy Bragg's music. Billy comes to a similar place to myself, but from a very different direction: Billy was 'Essex lad', I was pseudo intellectual - we would ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Andrew Collins is a writer and broadcaster. Having worked for NME, Empireand Q, he regularly broadcasts on Radio 2, Radio 4 and 6 Music. He is Film Editor of Radio Times, co-writer of BBC sitcoms Grassand Not Going Out, and author of Where Did It All Go Right?and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now.

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